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MAJ Philip John Kearny

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MAJ Philip John Kearny

  • Birth 15 Dec 1841 New Jersey, USA
  • Death 9 Aug 1863 New York, USA
  • Burial Saugerties, Ulster County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 10413

Civil War Union Army Officer. Major of the 11th New Jersey Infantry, nephew and namesake of Union General Philip Kearny. At first considered a genteel dandy by his superiors (and by his uncle), Major Kearny proved to be a brave and capable officer. Second in command of his unit at the Battle of Gettysburg, he was present when the 11th came under severe fire just south of the Klingel House on the second day of the Battle (July 2, 1863). Right after the unit switched directions to resist Barksdale's attack on the Peach Orchard, Major Kearny exclaimed to adjutant Lt. John Schoonover, "I tell you, we are going to have a fight," just as he was shot in the knee and knocked out of action. Transported to New York City after the battle, he lingered in pain for over a month and then succumbed to his wound.


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  • Maintained by: Russ
  • Added: 8 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10413
  • Russ
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for MAJ Philip John Kearny (15 Dec 1841–9 Aug 1863), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10413, citing Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery, Saugerties, Ulster County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Russ (contributor 309) .